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Citadel News Service
2 Nov 2012

Soldier to be honored for heroic actions in Afghanistan

1st Lt. Alex DeSeta named newest Arland D. Williams Society inductee

The helicopter plunged from the sky. Smoldering in a hole in the earth, the blades were still spinning and fuel was pouring from the tanks. Flames were about to cause a massive explosion aboard the ammunition-laden helicopter.

alex desetaYet none of that stopped stop 1st Lt. Alex DeSeta and two others from rushing into the disaster scene to rescue the Russian pilots before the helicopter exploded into a massive ball of fire.

DeSeta's actions occurred while he was deployed to Afghanistan with the South Carolina Army National Guard in 2010. Immediately after rescuing the pilots of the NATO coalition resupply effort, DeSeta established a casualty staging point and called for emergency medical evacuation. The Army later awarded DeSeta the Army Soldiers Medal for Heroism.

On Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, during Homecoming festivities, The Citadel Alumni Association will induct the 2008 graduate into its Arland D. Williams Society. Created in 2000, the society recognizes alumni who have made significant contributions to their communities and or have acted in the noblest way in placing the well-being of others before themselves. It is named in honor of Arland D. Williams, Class of 1957. Williams was a passenger on a plane that crashed in the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. He survived the 1982 crash but repeatedly passed a life ring to other passengers and drowned before he could be rescued.

"1st Lt. Alex DeSeta represents the best qualities of leadership, sacrifice and service to others," said Mike Rogers, director of the alumni association. "He epitomizes The Citadel's core values of honor, duty and respect and serves as great example of a principled leader."

As a cadet, DeSeta studied business administration and was a member of November Company. He is employed by Lee & Associates, a Charleston real estate, commercial brokerage, development and management firm. According to the firm web site, DeSeta's unit in Afghanistan trained local police and provided security to Navy personnel.

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